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Private-public sector data sharing key to greater national security

“Whatever threats we face today, and in the future, data is going to be the primary resource for countering it,” argues a former federal security and counterterrorism expert in a new FedScoop podcast series, “Leveraging the cloud to ensure mission resilience.”

“The key is finding the right data, having the tools to understand what the data is trying to tell us and then having the ability to act on it quickly and with confidence,” says Bill Wright, senior director, North America Government Affairs for Splunk. “Organizations that understand that are going to be better able to protect themselves and recover more quickly.”

In the long run, it will take joint efforts by both the private and the public sectors to keep up with evolving cybersecurity threats, according to Wright, who has held senior security positions at the U.S. State Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and a U.S. Senate Homeland Security committee before moving to the private sector.

In the first of a six-episode podcast series, produced by FedScoop and underwritten by Splunk, Wright highlights public sector predictions and survival strategies for 2022 contained in a recently released report from Splunk. The report touches on threat intelligence, ransomware, edge computing, citizen experience, procurement and workforce leadership.

In addition to efforts by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to advance zero trust practices, Wright says it will also be important to emphasize private-public sector relationships to thwart cyberattacks.  

“No government organization is going to be able to go it alone. Certainly, no private entity is going to go it alone. Instead, It’s going to be a collective effort,” he says, pointing in particular to CISA’s launch last August of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative as a noteworthy example.

Listen to the full podcast conversation and the entire series “Leveraging the cloud to ensure mission resilience” on FedScoop.

Bill Wright is senior director, North America Government Affairs at Splunk. He has previously served in senior leadership positions for counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and for U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

Learn more about how Splunk is helping federal agencies leverage the cloud to ensure mission resilience.

This podcast was produced by Scoop News Group for FedScoop and underwritten by Splunk.